Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Lambeth libraries: Unison strike: TODAY Monday 22 and TOMORROW March 23

Solidarity to UNISON staff in Lambeth libraries on strike 22/23 March. Please visit your closest Lambeth library to support them if you can


  • Support the UNISON strike action, 22nd and 23rd March. The community and library staff stand together in opposing the library cuts and closures.
  • Come to our next public meeting, Thursday 24th March, Carnegie Library, 7pm.
  • Email GLL and tell them they are making a mistake.
  • Keep writing to your Councillors. We have made it easy for you to tell them what you think.
  • Sign the petition that is now available online and at all libraries.
 Lambeth Unison strike: TODAY Monday 22 and TOMORROW March 23 
Community campaigners can support the strike action. Please go to your library entrance on the strike days for any time you can spare, to talk to members of the public about the cuts and closures. Please also consider donating to the strike fund as staff will be losing pay to support our libraries.

Campaign materials for download.

Print and distribute as much as you can.
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Window posters and stickers available soon.

Click the button to show an email you can send to GLL to show how unhappy you are

In October 2015 Lambeth Council has announced it will decommission half of our libraries. Minet, South Lambeth, Durning, Upper Norwood, Carnegie and Waterloo all might close if we don’t act.
Then, it was proposed that Minet, Carnegie and Tate South Lambeth libraries should be turned into gyms, run by leisure centre contractor GLL. The proposal is for these to have so-called ‘lounges’ with a small selection of books – but no staff. Upper Norwood Joint Library will also lose its staff. Lambeth is calling these ‘neighbourhood libraries’. We do not accept that such provision can be called libraries. The remaining libraries, already under pressure, will become overcrowded, staff and book stock will be reduced.
Since, public pressure has delivered a temporary reprieve for Tate South Lambeth. However Minet and Carnegie are still due to close on April 1st and Upper Norwood left without staff and the alternative plan put forward by the current Head of Libraries has been rejected.
Even in a time of cuts, we do not believe that this is sensible or necessary. We are resisting these plans and coming up with alternatives of our own.
Our libraries—which last year had 1.3 million visits—provide a vital service, helping people to access information, benefits, government services as well as books, the Internet and activities for children. Libraries are essential for access to information and education.
We are library users and staff working together to save Lambeth’s library service. We support wholeheartedly thealternative plan by Lambeth’s current Head of Libraries for a community and staff mutual service.
There are many things you can do to help the campaign. Please make sure also to visit your library, talk to the librarians, and contact your local friends’ group.

Film with interviews by Tim Peterick

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